Pumpkin Cheesecake with Gingersnap & Maple Pecan Topping
3/4 cup gingersnap crumbs
3/4 cup graham cracker crumbs
1/4 cup powdered sugar
1/4 cup melted unsalted butter
2 pkgs. (8 oz. each) cream cheese, softened
1 cup sugar
1 can (6 oz,) pumpkin
/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
Heat oven to 350ºF. In bowl, combine gingersnap and graham cracker crumbs with powdered sugar and butter. Toss to combine. Press evenly onto bottom of 8 or 9-inch springform pan. Bake 5 minutes, cool.
In mixer bowl, beat cream cheese until smooth. Gradually add granulated sugar and beat until light. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Blend in pumpkin, cinnamon, ginger, and nutmeg. Pour pumpkin mixture into prepared crust. Place n baking sheet and bake at 350ºF for 45 minutes. Without opening oven door, let cake stand in turned-off oven for 1 hour. Remove from oven and cool, then chill. Remove from pan.
Note: For the topping I take 3/4 cup pure maple syrup and 1 small container of whipping cream and low boil it in a saucepan while constantly stirring. It will eventually turn to a caramel consistency. This may take awhile (maybe 10 - 15 minutes). It has a taste somewhere between caramel and maple. I then pour that over the cheesecake and top with crushed pecans.